All-College Hour Speaker Series

The mission of SUNY Geneseo is to combine a rigorous curriculum and a rich co-curricular life in order to create a learning-centered environment. It is this marriage of academics and campus life that has propelled Geneseo to be a nationally-recognized public liberal arts college.

The All-College Hour Speaker Series supports the College mission and embodies the principles of The Bringing Theory to Practice Project. The aim of the series is to provide integrative opportunities for the campus community to come together to engage in learning that promotes cognitive, emotional, and civic development. The topics of the series are intended to challenge thinking, spur self-reflection, encourage civil discourse, and promote social responsibility. The series is sponsored by Student and Campus Life. All sessions take place during the All-College Hour (2:30 PM-3:45 PM).

Karl Shallowhorn

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Mental Health 101: Lessons Learned Along the Way
MacVittie College Union Ballroom

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As a high school student, Karl Shallowhorn had big dreams, however they were all shattered by a disabling bipolar episode at the age of 18 while he was a freshman in college. After struggling for years, Karl was able to overcome this challenge by utilizing a variety of tools that have enabled him to become a leading mental health advocate on both a local and national level. Karl will be sharing both his experience of living with a co-occurring mental health and addiction disorder as well as practical tips on staying emotionally healthy during one’s college years.

Karl Shallowhorn is the Education Program Coordinator at the Community Health Center of Buffalo. He is a NY State Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor. Karl is passionate about mental health and fighting stigma. He brings over 17 years of professional experience in the field as well as his own lived experience with a co-occurring mental health and addiction disorder. Karl is the author of Working on Wellness: A Practical Guide to Mental Health and contributes to BP magazine. The Mighty and the United Church of Christ blog, The Journey. He serves on several Boards on the local, state and national levels. Karl has also worked for 12 years in the higher education field at Buffalo State, Genesee Community College and Daemen College. Karl has earned many awards for his mental health advocacy efforts. He lives in Amherst with his wife Suzy and daughters, Sarah and Lillie.

Peter Granger

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and College Students
MacVittie College Union Ballroom

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Hi, my name is Pete and I’m here to have a discussion with you about post-traumatic stress disorder and college students.

Let me start out by saying I am not a psychiatrist, a psychologist, or a licensed mental health provider. Heck, I’ve never even done extensive research into PTSD. The reason I am up here to promote a discussion with all of you is because I am a former college student who completed two degrees while living with PTSD. I haven’t studied the subject of PTSD and college students. I’ve lived it.

I’m a retired Army officer and I deployed to combat three times, all to Afghanistan. I lost a number of good friends while deployed and spent entirely too much time in my life in extraordinarily dangerous places.

I was diagnosed with the severe case of PTSD in the summer of 2010, right after my second deployment. I had spent 13 months in what is one of the most volatile regions of the country. Contact with the enemy was a daily occurrence. Members of my unit were killed and severely wounded. The numbers are really too hard to talk about. They are high. When I was diagnosed it was a ton of bricks falling on me. The news was replete with stories of the horrors of PTSD and the damage it did to those that suffered from it and those they loved. I couldn’t believe it was happening to me. I was older, senior in rank, and well trained. I didn’t think I fit the demographic. It did however explain all of the suffering I had been going through and seemed to be visiting on my family.

Next, I did the only thing I knew how to do: I volunteered to deploy again. Ten months after getting back from an area that closely resembled hell, I was on a plane for another 12-month tour.

This time I was not in a direct combat role. I was the equivalent of a chief operation officer for a US Army division headquartered in Southern Afghanistan. The division was responsible for an are roughly the size of Vermont, with 35,000 US, coalition, and Afghan Soldiers. Without a doubt, this part of Afghanistan was the contested and deadly with dozens of instances of enemy contact every day. We lost well over 200 of the aforementioned Soldiers that year. The number of badly wounded was countless.

Remember, I said I had been diagnosed with a severe case of PTSD. And my job was to monitor, report on, and provide support for EVERY single operation we conducted. 24 hours a day. 7 days a week. For a year. And I thrived in that environment.

Kala Stein

Wednesday February 13, 2019
MacVittie College Union Ballroom

Annmarie Urso

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
MacVittie College Union Ballroom